Guinness Chocolate Cake Recipe with Creamy Frosting

This chocolate cake is rich moist and has the most tender crumb. Jump to our Guinness Chocolate Cake Recipe with Creamy White Frosting or read on to see our tips for making it.

Guinness Chocolate Cake Recipe with Creamy White Frosting

The cake is not only inspired by a perfectly poured glass of Guinness, but there’s about half of a bottle added to the batter. You’ll want a big slice of this one, promise.

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How to Make Chocolate Cake with Guinness

This cake is rich and moist. It’s hard to only eat one slice!

How to Make Chocolate Cake with Guinness

Combine melted butter and stout beer then whisk in cocoa powder. Add that to a bowl with dry ingredients then add eggs and sour cream — making it moist as ever. Easy!

Adding to the pan

Pour the batter into a cake pan then bake. When the cake has baked and cooled add the creamy white frosting. It’s made with cream cheese, cream and cream. It’s so creamy and delicious. In facet, we love this frosting so much, we use it for our popular carrot cake recipe.

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Recipe updated, originally posted March 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Guinness Chocolate Cake Recipe with Creamy Frosting

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About half a bottle of beer is added to an already moist and rich cake. The cake tastes like rich chocolate with just a hint of stout.

You Will Need

Chocolate Cake

3/4 cup Guinness Stout beer

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for pans (1 1/2 sticks)

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for pans

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup whipping cream


  • Prepare Batter
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter then dust the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake pan with cocoa powder.

    Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat then add beer and warm through. Remove from heat, and then whisk in cocoa powder until completely smooth. Cool 1 minute.

    Meanwhile, add the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt to a large mixing bowl then use a clean whisk to combine. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla until well blended.

    Pour cocoa and stout mixture into the dry ingredients then use a spatula to gently stir together. You do not need to beat, just stir until incorporated. Now add the egg and sour cream mixture and continue to stir until incorporated.

    • Bake Cake
    • Pour batter into prepared cake pan then bake until a tooth pick can be inserted and come out clean and when you tap the top of the cake, it bounces back; about 40 minutes. Transfer cake, in pan, to a cooling rack and cool 10 minutes then turn cake out of the pan onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

      • To Finish
      • Add cream cheese and vanilla extract to a large bowl then use a hand mixer on medium speed and beat until smooth. Add powdered sugar a 1/4 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Add the cream and beat until the frosting is light and creamy. Frost top of cake.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Recipe adapted and inspired from two fantastic Stout cakes, one from Nigella Lawson’s book, Feast and the other printed in Bon Appétit Magazine, September 2002.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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  • Lesley March 22, 2017, 5:53 pm

    I made this cake for St. Patty’s Day and it was amazing but the frosting came out very runny. 1/2 cup of whipping cream is way too much and I would caution others to just use enough whipping cream to make the frosting creamy and it really depends on how much Bailey’s you add also. Most cream cheese frosting recipes don’t even call for whipping cream so I think you could even omit it. Hope this is helpful to others!

  • Kate March 21, 2017, 9:38 pm

    This cake sounds amazing! I’m looking for something to make for my Grandpas 85th and this is right up his ally. One question tho, he has to be dairy free, any substitute for the sour cream? I’ve got vegan butter and can hopefully find an alternative frosting (Any suggestions for that would be great as well) Thanks so much!

    • Joanne August 9, 2017, 6:24 pm

      How about a dairy-free yogurt — like coconut yogurt or soy?

  • Charlie March 8, 2017, 11:03 pm

    Hello! I made your carrot cake and it was incredibly delicious. My family and friends absolutely loved it!!! I plan to try the chocolate cake recipe next. I have a quick question regarding the frosting. You mentioned this is the same frosting used for the carrot cake. However, the carrot cake frosting does not list vanilla as an ingredient and also uses 1/3 cup cream (instead of 1/2 cup). Can you please tell me which is correct? Again, the frosting made from the carrot cake recipe was awesome. Thank you very much for sharing your recipes!

    • Joanne August 9, 2017, 6:22 pm

      We now prefer the frosting with 1/3 cup of cream. I have updated the recipe.

  • Adele January 7, 2017, 11:39 pm

    Made this cake for a dinner party and everyone loved it. One of the best chocolate cakes ever!! I added some strawberries on top to look pretty. Great pics and directions. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Mel November 23, 2015, 2:57 am

    Hi! I love your website! Tried your muffins and they were to die for. Tried to bake this last night but my cake came out with a mound in the middle (,uneven rising?) And my frosting was quite runny…can I check if I am supposed to use the handmixer for the powdered sugar addition and the heavy cream parts too? Or just the handmixer for the cream cheese and vanilla? Tastes heavenly though! My husband found the frosting a tad sweet but what does he know? Haha…will make this again!!

  • Cathy F. May 28, 2015, 9:22 am

    I’m making this cake for my husband’s birthday and have followed instructions to the “T”. When looking at the ingredients and procedure I cannot find where to put the 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla! I ended up putting it in at the end by itself. It is in the oven now so hopefully it turns out as delicious as everyone says. Let you know after it’s done.

    • Joanne May 28, 2015, 10:42 am

      At the end is perfectly fine. The vanilla is added with the sour cream and eggs — there was a typo in the recipe (sorry!!). It is fixed now. Happy birthday to your husband and we hope he loves the cake 🙂

      • Cathy May 29, 2015, 8:58 am

        Thanks. The cake turned out beautiful. My husband had some health issues so I had to modify for him. I used no salt margarine and no fat sour cream. The taste is still there and I’m sure he will love it. Thanks again Joanne for this recipe.

      • Cathy June 2, 2015, 12:50 pm

        Hi Joanne:
        Thought I would get back to you. Had my husband’s birthday with family and friends. All loved the cake even though I tweeked it for my husband. In the cake I used no salt margarine and non fat sour cream and in the frosting I used light cream cheese and no fat sour cream in lieu of whipping cream. The cake turned out beautiful and I give it 5 stars. Thanks for this recipe. I will use it a lot.

  • Tracey March 15, 2015, 11:42 pm


  • Lina Poznyak February 14, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Hello, Joanne and Adam!

    I’m from Belarus.
    I baked this today and the result was awesome! Already tried several of your recipes – they perfect! My family loved it. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Patty May 11, 2014, 8:26 pm

    A great cake, dense and delicious! I also love it’s simplicity.

  • Deb Ragno January 19, 2014, 1:33 pm

    You wrote: “How to Make Fluffy White and Creamy Frosting

    This is such an easy cream cheese frosting (and is actually our favorite because it’s so fluffy and light). Just beat cream cheese and butter together then add powdered sugar. Then, to make the frosting extra creamy, add cream — it’s so delicious.”

    Butter is not listed in the ingredients for the frosting.

    • Joanne January 21, 2014, 9:22 pm

      Oops, you’re correct. Butter is not necessary. Sorry about that, it’s fixed now.


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